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Minister wants tobacco plain-packaging bill passed by summer

News|By Jolson Lim
Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says she wants to see a heavily-lobbied bill that proposes to standardize plain packaging for cigarettes finally passed before summer after nearly two years of study by legislators. Bill S-5,…
News|By Emily Haws
While supporters of a national pharmacare plan agree a government-funded strategy is necessary to increase the accessibility of prescription drugs, there's no consensus on how to get there as stakeholders await further details on the…
News|By Emily Haws
Advocates and politicians are calling on the Trudeau government to take a leadership role in improving the lives of seniors, saying more program co-ordination is needed for citizens over 65, but Health Minister Ginette Petitpas…
Lobbyists targeted Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay three times as often as his nearest cabinet colleague in February, as industry groups pushed trade interests and raised the alarm about a “crisis” in grain shipments, according to…
My perspectives herein apply primarily to First Nations, where I have spent the majority of my years as a dental and health-care provider, before being appointed to the Senate. As the history of access to…
With important elections looming both provincially and federally, it is natural that Canada’s health-care system will a big part of electoral discussions. One in six Canadians is a senior, and that number is expected to…
OTTAWA—On the evening of July 25, 2010, an oil pipeline owned by Enbridge Inc. ruptured near Marshall, Mich. During the 17 hours it took for the company to turn off the flow, more than three…
We read about accidents, deaths, kidnappings, child abductions, and arrests overseas. For the Canadians involved, these are real-life tragedies. In Ottawa, the Emergency Watch and Response Centre at Global Affairs Canada works 24/7 to respond…
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News|By Jolson Lim
A recent external review commissioned by Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor found the government’s arm's-length pan-Canadian health organizations to be laggards when it comes to engaging with Indigenous groups and communities, something the minister says…
Over the next decade, the federal government plans to invest $25.3-billion in social infrastructure in communities across Canada—much-needed money to build affordable housing, early learning and childcare centres, and cultural and recreational infrastructure. But hospitals,…
Opinion|By Ian C.W. Russell
As part of the five-year statutory review of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA) the Department of Finance has put forward suggested reforms and the House of Commons Standing Committee…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
MONTREAL—In the increasingly fiery debate over the planned expansion of the Alberta/B.C. Trans Mountain pipeline, there is no mystery about the conflicting end games of the three governments embroiled in the dispute. But what about…
What Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna have been saying for more than two years now is true—Canada can take action on climate change and have a strong economy.…
Climate change is most often thought of as a future threat, but as many of us know, its impacts are being felt more and more every day. The consequences of major spring flooding and summer…
Opinion|By Megan Leslie
More funding was announced by Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc on March 15 for initiatives to protect southern resident killer whales, the iconic orcas off the southern coast of British Columbia that are slowly…
News|By Emily Haws
As the Trudeau government continues to review its private-sector privacy act, some experts are calling for a national data strategy to set the framework of ownership rights and usage limits around collected data. The issue…
Opinion|By Jennifer Mitchell
Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly will be in China next week on a trade mission that she says she hopes will expand trade relationships and open up a coveted market for creative industries. It couldn’t…
News|By Shruti Shekar
Parliamentarians and their staff need basic training on lobbying rules to avoid scandals and unpleasant post-employment surprises, according to former politicos and insiders, who say many people are left woefully unprepared for the realities of…
Opinion|By Caroline Riseboro
This June, when it hosts the G7 summit, Canada will have five broad issues for the agenda, as set by the prime minister. One of these is gender equality and women’s empowerment. With less than…
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Former Liberal MP Don Boudria is in good spirits despite learning last week a medical condition will keep him grounded and likely limping on Ottawa's streets rather than headed to the Liberal convention in Halifax…
OTTAWA—The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the influence-peddling conviction against former prime ministerial adviser Bruce Carson, effectively ending a sprawling legal saga involving the upper echelons of the former Conservative government that played out during…
In June 2016, the Senate of Canada released a report entitled “Tear Down These Walls: Dismantling Canada’s Internal Trade Barriers,” which called upon federal and provincial/territorial governments to take priority action on removing internal barriers…
The national body of securities regulators is releasing a much-anticipated report next month on companies disclosing the financial risk they face from climate change, as calls grow from industry and advocates for more fulsome accounting…
Opinion|By Kristyn Wong-Tam
Shark finning is the brutal and ecologically devastating practice of cutting fins off a shark and throwing the animal back into the ocean to die slowly. Canada prohibits this practice but continues to import products…
Opinion|By Roger Beauchemin
Last month, the federal government released its draft legislation to institute a minimum price on carbon. Starting in 2019, businesses in every province will have to pay for the carbon they emit into the atmosphere,…
News|By Emily Haws
Quebec Parliamentarians of all stripes are pressuring the Liberal government to stem job losses by giving more work to the Davie shipyard near Quebec City, a potential battleground in the 2019 election. Opposition MPs say…
Opinion|By Gale Katchur
Collaboration and innovation are key to succeeding in an increasingly competitive global market. This ethos was at the core of a decision taken by four Alberta municipalities in 1998 to join together and form Alberta’s…
Look out, MPs: a Washington digital lobbying service has its eyes on you. The company, FiscalNote, is compiling information on Canadian legislators, laws, and regulations at the federal and provincial level, adding them to a…
A disputed new Shared Services Canada procurement program reducing the number of eligible suppliers for printers and printing services to federal departments should be in operation by the summer, according to the department. Critics say…
A new Shared Services Canada procurement program consolidating the number of pre-approved suppliers for printers and printing services will completely shut out small- and medium-sized suppliers, leaving a handful of deep-pocketed multinationals competing for $60- to…
News|By Jolson Lim
With only a few months away from the summer construction season, money from a multi-billion-dollar fund to improve trade corridors hasn’t flowed out the door yet, say industry groups representing applicants for federal grants to…
News|By Shruti Shekar
The Trudeau government's third federal budget is not an election-year spending plan crafted with an eye towards the campaign trail, though certain elements could hint at what issues the Liberals will run on in the…

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